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Birney Imes: Voice of the people

Posted 4/13/2013 in Local Columns

We love letters to the editor. Not only do they affirm the vital role newspapers play in our communities, they often provide a fresh take on pressing local issues. My only problem with letters to the editor -- and I expect most newspaper editors of small town papers would say the same thing -- is the scarcity of them.

 

 

Tracy Broocks: Our lovely neighborhood

 

 

Leonard Pitts: More feedback on 'Accidental Racist'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Beauty and the beast

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Readin', writin', packin'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The National Rifle Association wants to train and arm all public school teachers and administrators. The plan, as the NRA sees it, is to protect students.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Guns, god and background checks

Posted 4/12/2013 in National Columns

I happened to be sitting in the Fox News bureau between "hits" on Tuesday morning, when the news broke about the stabbing at Lone Star College in Houston. Watching it unfold in real time, I couldn't help but think (as I'm sure all of us did) about the Newtown, Conn., massacre and the families flying to Washington and the fear that the parents of the Texas college students must be feeling.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Obama's eye-candy comment leaves sour aftertaste

Posted 4/12/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Our view: Candidates forum: Looking for a reason to care ...

Posted 4/12/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus-Lowndes League of Voters is to be commended for Thursday's candidates forum for the city's municipal elections at the Columbus Municipal Complex. Moderators Steve Rogers of WCBI-TV and attorney Scott Colom performed credibly in asking interesting questions and making sure that candidates stayed "on point."

 

Slimantics: Of shot elephants and hanged dogs ...

Posted 4/11/2013 in Local Columns

I used to take a measure of pride in saying that Tupelo was my hometown. Now? I am not so sure, especially since Tupelo has become the Drive-By Elephant Shooting Capitol of the South.

 

Voice of the people: Billy Hairston

 

 

Our view: A chance to hear the candidates

Posted 4/10/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

This week, voters will get a chance to hear candidates for the Columbus municipal elections. Unfortunately, the candidates won't have the opportunity to hear the voters. This will be the first time that candidates for mayor and four contested council positions will assemble at the same time in the same venue. It may also be the last.

 

 

Letter to the editor: Bill and Carolyn Maiden

 

 

Letter to the editor: Ed Vignaroli

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Tests and tiger moms

Posted 4/10/2013 in National Columns

New York City's Stuyvesant High School is one of those all too rare public schools for intellectually outstanding students. Such students are often bored to death in schools where the work is geared to the lowest common denominator, and it is by no means uncommon for very bright students to become behavior problems.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The moderation of Margaret Thatcher

Posted 4/9/2013 in National Columns

Thatcher would have laughed at when Obamacare foes' called the reforms "a government takeover of health care." Recall how, in the heat of battle, the right waved Britain's National Health Service as a warning of terrible things awaiting American health care under the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

George Will: Margaret Thatcher's vigorous virtues

Posted 4/9/2013 in National Columns

She had the eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe. So said Francois Mitterrand, the last serious socialist to lead a major European nation, speaking of Margaret Thatcher, who helped bury socialism as a doctrine of governance.

 

 

Our view: New law won't guarantee school safety

Posted 4/9/2013 in Dispatch Editorials

Sometime soon, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will sign into law the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools (MCOPS) grant program, which will allow the state's school districts to apply for money to hire armed resource officers.

 

 

Voice of the people: Melody Vydas

 

 

Voice of the people: C.T. Carley

 

 

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